the first collected volume of Dan Jurgens' Justice League International. I read the first issues of Justice League Dark and Justice League of America, plus those handful of issues that were part of the "Trinity War" crossover story.
But I think my favorite Justice League comic in recent years may just be that in the new Batman Beyond Universe comic, a split-book that features a Batman Beyond story by Kyle Higgins and Thony Silas (the latter of whom's work was so Breyfogle-y that I had to double-check to make sure Breyfogle wasn't doing breakdowns or lay-outs for the story) and a Justice League story by Christos Gage and Iban Coello.
The Justice League story takes place in the same setting as Batman Beyond, a few decades into the future, when Bruce Wayne is still alive, but way too old to be dressing up as a Bat and fighting crime personally.
The line-up is built on the core one introduced in the Batman Beyond cartoon series: Barda, straight from Jack Kirby's original Mister Miracle comic, wearing the outfit he designed for her when she wasn't wearing her pangolin-like armor; Warhawk, a more aggressive, hard-headed version of Hawkman (a characterization that the "real" Hawkman has drifted towards and even surpassed in recent years) whom is apparently the son of Green Lantern John Stewart and Hawkgirl Shayera Hol; Aquagirl, a white-haired young woman who is apparently Aquaman's daughter with Mera (although she looks more like Dolphin); Green Lantern Kai Ro (a little Asian boy and the current GL of Sector 2814); and Superman, still alive and as strong as ever, although wearing a new costume (one that looks based on the John Byrne version of Krypton, made TV animation friendly), graying at the temples and going under the new secret identity of fireman Kal Kent, after the death of his wife Lois Lane.
Oh, and Batman II Terry McGinnis, of course.
The line-up has since been expanded to include Micron, a shrinking-and-growing superhero whose costume looks like that of The Atom spliced with Spider-Man's; Mr. Miracle, Barda's husband; The Flash, who is now a black woman with a different costume and whom I know pretty much nothing about; and Captain Marvel, who is the original version in name, costume, powers and personality.
Ex-Batman Bruce Wayne is apparently just a holographic communique away, and the Wizard Shazam even appears a couple of times to lend a hand in a couple of very different situations in Batman Beyond Universe #2.
So between Superman, Captain Marvel, Barda and Mirster Miracle, this League has four original League members who are barely changed from their pre-New 52 conceptions; Superman's costume is very different, as is his secret ID, but his personality and characterization seem much more like that of "our" Superman than of the new Superman.
I found the plot of the first issue of the new series to be sort of generic, as Superman's powers start acting wildly out of control, suddenly fluctuating to increase his powers to dangerous levels at unexpected (and often inconvenient) moments. They temporarily solve the problem by taking away Sueprmans' powers, which lead to the cliffhanger ending: Remember, now he's not hiding his super-powers beneath the identity of a mild-mannered reporter, but that of a firefighter, a profession in which being invincible would naturally come in handy every once in a while.
In the second installment, Gage continues with this plot, gradually revealing the identity of a villain responsible for getting Superman into this particular predicament, but much of the attention falls on a conflict Kal has no idea how to go about addressing, and his teammates efforts to help him:
He asks each member of his team in turn for advice, and it is all, naturally enough, bad, but it's generally funny, and Gage is clever enough to root the humor in the contrast of characters, so each little scene, some as short as a single panel, go a ways toward defining Superman and the character he's talking to, from Warhawk, Green Lantern and Aquagirl's predictably impractical advice to Wayne's "Dating advice. You must be joking. Wayne out."
What say you, Mr. and Mrs. Free?
And how about the guys on the Rock of Eternity?
Not that Gage does it all by himself. Here's another small detail, but a neat one, which artist Coello pulls off. Check out Cap in the Fortress of Solitude:
Kal goes on his date and, naturally, a villain attacks him with a super-weapon, reveling that the villain in question (who isn't named until the last, cliffhanger panel) both knows Superman's secret identity and has a connection to Krypton of some sort. Here we get to see the Leagures doing super-stuff:
In addition to the sharp writing and clear, communicative artwork, this Justice League comic seems the most comfortable, familiar, genuine and nostalgic of all the others. Which is kind of weird, when you consider this one is the out-of-continuity League set in a possible near-future, rather than a canonical one set in the present DC Universe.
Anyway: Gage and Coello's League half of Batman Beyond Universe? It's good and I like it.